Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Icy Friday!

My Friday Favorite today has to be a SNOW DAY!!  Well really an ice day.  There is about a quarter of an inch of ice on everything!  It is beautiful!!  I am enjoying the day off!!  So glad I don't have to try to drive on this stuff. I am pretty sure that you can't even walk out there!!

I have been busy training teachers on math fluency and meeting student needs through RTI.  This inspired me to create a cute set of math activities to address the common core fluency standards for K - grade 2.  These activities can be used with small groups or placed in a center.  Daily targeted practice will help students develop fact fluency.  Check out Let's go Bananas, Building Math Fact Fluency at my Tpt store.

Hope everybody stays warm and safe this weekend!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday Favs on Saturday!!!

I have had a super busy week!!  As a math intervention teacher I also serve as a teacher leader in my school.  I just completed leading a 2 day teacher training in math interventions and RTI.  Super fun and the teachers I worked with were great!  Thanks guys!!  BUT this has put me a little behind with my blogging goals.

Each Friday I try to share some of my favorite tools for teaching math.  Today I will be sharing and asking you to link up and share a classroom favorite too, because it is so cool to discover something new!



One of my favorite tools for teacher number sense to K - 2 students is the bead rack or rekenrak.  I have a large one for the group to look at and I also have small ones for the kids to use.  The bead rack is used to compose and decompose number.  It uses the 5 and 10 structure as well as doubles.  This a great tool to help kids visualize number and develop a quanitative concept.  I am thinking about making a video tutorial to deomonstrate using the bead rack.  But that is a little scarry!!  



Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday Favorites Bacon and Sticks (really!)

There are lots of things that I like about Fridays.


  1. The weekend starts!
  2. Dress down day!
  3. Ordering out for lunch!
  4. Oh, did I mention the weekend starts!


Today I ordered my favorite personal pan pizza:  Bacon!!  What could be better than that!  Pizza and bacon at the same time!  Delish!


This week I wanted to share one of the cheapest and in my opinion best materials to use when teaching base ten place value:  Craft sticks!  There is an advantage to using these rather than commerical base ten pieces because kids can put them together and take them apart.  Children that are just developing the concept of "ten" need multiple experiences building numbers by bundling tens and then taking them apart. Not until after my kiddos have a solid understanding of the concept that one bundle is ten ones, do I introduce them to the commerical base ten pieces.   They need to be able to use base ten pieces to represent numbers as well because that is how their learning is assessed of standardized tests.  

And if you use craft sticks you also use rubber bands to bundle them.  Small hair bands work great.  I got 500 of these multi-colored bands for $1.49.  Can't beat that!

I use these materials with 1st and 2nd graders.

I have a busy weekend, getting ready for a busy week, teaching, 2 days of training, academic team practice, after school study buddies, coaches meeting and a teacher work day, not to mention at least 3 reports to do, plus this house is a mess!  Wow I am tried already!  Well y'all have a good weekend!  I better get busy!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Just Another Mathy Monday! Rolling and Rounding to Friendly Tens

 Welcome to the first Mathy Monday of 2013!
There is so much I want my kiddos to master before they complete the school year.  One of the biggies for my 2nd graders is making the transfer of the knowlegde they have of working within 20 to working within 100.
Specfically from the Common Core:

2.OA.2  Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.2 By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

2.NBT.5  Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.

   So today I tried this activity with my 2nd grade kiddos.  We did this activity together today.   We rolled the place value dice to generate a 2 digit number.  Then we made the number using the 100 bead rack.  Using the bead rack as support they then had to determine the friendly tens that the rolled number was between and decide how to get to the friendly ten benchmark number.  We then wrote the number sentences to represent how we got to the benchmark.  I used the smartboard to record the answers.   The plan is to work with partners on this activity again tomorrow!!  

This is a skill builder lesson aimed at setting the stage for mental addition using benchmark numbers.   I am offering the recording sheet and minilesson as a  FREEBIE at my Tpt store.  Check it out and please don't forget to leave feedback if you like and can use what you see.  


Have a great rest of the week!! See ya for Friday Favorites!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday Favorites

Ya'll I could really get used to these 2 day work weeks!!  I want to share one of my favorite tools for teaching math.  Arrow cards!! These plastic cards are very durable and can be used in a  variety of settings.  Just stack the cards with the arrows on top of each other!
                                     



These are super great for students that are having trouble with recognition of teen numbers or those that have confusion between the teens and decade names.  I still can't believe how many 1st and even 2nd graders have trouble with this!!


These cards can be used to build 2 digit and 3 digit numbers.  Just slide them 
apart to show the expanded form.
Another super use of the cards is with students that are having trouble with digit reversals, writing 53 for 35 ...

When you pull the cards apart the mistake is evident. 

Color coded place value dice are great to use with these too!  

Arrow cards are a great tool that you can purchase or make yourself.  I chose to purchase 10 sets, because they are made of a durable plastic and to make that many myself would be a lot of cutting!!!

Please share how you have used arrow cards or your own favorite math teaching tool.  Consider following my blog for Mathy Mondays and Friday Favorites, I'll be sharing my experiences as a math intervention teacher and learning from your experiences as well.
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